Wins over Miller Place by both the East Hampton boys and girls basketball teams last week has them inching closer to a spot in the Class A playoffs.
On Thursday, January 24, the boys beat the Panthers, 48-40, on the road, while the Lady Bonackers got past Miller Place, 64-51, the following day at home.
With the wins, the boys improved to 4-4 in League VI, 9-5 overall, while the girls moved to 5-3, 8-4. As of Tuesday morning, the Lady Bonackers needed just one more win to secure a spot in the Class A postseason, while the boys needed to win two more games. The Lady Bonackers did not make the playoffs last year; the boys got in but lost in the first round.
East Hampton was bolstered by the return of leading scorer Thomas King, who had missed the last two games after receiving stitches in his mouth for an injury he suffered in a January 11 loss to Amityville. King had an immediate impact in his return, finishing with 14 points. Bonacker Rolando Garces led all scorers with 15, while Brendan Hughes chipped in 10 and Danny McKee had seven. Thomas Nelson had just two points but grabbed 12 rebounds. Eight different players scored for Miller Place (0-9), but no single player had more than 10 points.
The Bonackers held just a four-point lead going into the final quarter, but they had their highest-scoring output in that frame, with 16, enabling them to hold on for the win.
East Hampton was slated to face Shoreham/Wading River (4-5), Elwood/John Glenn (2-6), Amityville (8-0) and Bayport/Blue Point (6-3) to close out the regular season. The Bonackers beat Glenn and lost to Amityville, Shoreham and Bayport in their first meetings of the year, but the loss to Bayport was by just one point.
The Lady Bonackers got off to a nice start in their win over Miller Place, with a six-point lead after the first quarter and a 13-point lead at halftime. Balanced scoring was the key to success for East Hampton, as Kaelyn Ward finished with 18 points, while both Emma Newberger and Carley Seekamp had 12. Courtney Dess had nine and Jackie Messemer added seven. It was the highest point total of the season for the team, marking the first time it had reached the 60s and only the second time it scored more than 50 points.
The Lady Bonackers were scheduled to face Shoreham, Glenn, Amityville and Bayport to finish the regular season. They lost their first meetings with Glenn, Shoreham and Bayport, but beat Amityville by more than 10 points.ON THE SCHEDULE: Boys—Tuesday, 1/29, vs. Shoreham, 6:15 p.m.; Thursday, 1/31, at Glenn, 5 p.m.; Tuesday, 2/5, vs. Amityville, 4:15 p.m.; Thursday, 2/7, at Bayport, 4:30 p.m. Girls—Tuesday, 1/29, at Shoreham, 4:30 p.m.; Thursday, 1/31, vs. Glenn, 6:45 p.m.; Tuesday, 2/5, at Amityville, 5 p.m.; Friday, 2/8, vs. Bayport, 6:15 p.m.